Monday, November 11, 2013

Women in CyberSecurity, Bletchley Park Podcast: November News from Bletchley Park

McAfee announces major partnership with the Bletchley Park Trust

In its largest partnership outside the US, McAfee will sponsor an international Cyber Security Exhibition and Computer Learning Zone in Block C. Workshops will focus on the ever-evolving cyber threat. McAfee will also sponsor an Online Safety Education Officer to help children and adults alike to learn how the breathtaking achievements of the World War Two Codebreakers remain relevant today.

Then, Today and Tomorrow: Women in Cyber Security

Veterans, women in top security positions and the next generation of cyber defenders met at Bletchley Park, celebrating the history of women in cyber security and exploring the need to encourage more women into the profession. Baroness Neville-Jones, a patron of the Cyber Security Challenge, said "There's a great career here with status and recognition across broad swathes of society."

Floorless if not yet flawless

Painstaking work is being carried out at Bletchley Park to keep wooden Huts 3 & 6 true to their wartime origins. The £8 million, Heritage Lottery Funded restoration got under way just in time. Floorboards from wartime huts at Fawley Court in Henley on Thames, used as a military intelligence school during World War Two, have been donated to the Bletchley Park Trust to replace some in Huts 3 and 6 which are beyond restoration.

History and Archive Course at Bletchley Park

This one day course will be held at Bletchley Park on 9 December. It will cover Bletchley Park's pre-war history, WW2 Codebreaking, a summary of the wartime work carried out here and some of the characters involved plus a rare opportunity to see some of GCHQ's historic material held in the Bletchley Park Archive. Book your place now.

Simon Callow's Codebreaker Surprise

Distinguished actor Simon Callow has told the Bletchley Park Podcast about the surprising secret held by his university tutor. Simon's university tutor in 1968 was Codebreaker John Herivel, who devised the Herivel Tip. While filming for the BBC in Hut 8, Simon said "It wasn't a mathematical observation, it was an intuitive leap which many scientific discoveries are based on."

Frogs Over The Air: Bletchley Park Podcast

In the November edition of the Bletchley Park Podcast, we meet Veterans who recall how the pneumatic conveyor system was used in Block E – not just for vital intelligence, but also live frogs plucked from the Lake. We also meet some communication historians with fascinating collections on show in The Mansion and find out how the restoration of Bletchley Park is progressing.

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Connie O'Dell

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